Hazyview Campus to Bring World-Class Baristas to Mpumalanga

We are proud to announce that as part of Good Work Foundation’s Hospitality Academy, renowned South African coffee brand, vida e caffè, will be partnering with us to set up an espresso bar training facility at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC).

In association with vida e caffè, from January 2015, Hospitality Academy students at HDLC will have the opportunity to specialise in coffee theory (supported by the online Lobster Ink syllabus), and then go on to train as baristas at a state-of-the-art espresso bar that will be set up in the “barn” at HDLC.

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Njabulo Mashele and Teaman Manzini brush up on their coffee theory online at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

“Our vision is to align our students to relevant job opportunities,” said Kate Groch, Good Work Foundation CEO.

“The barista practical training will allow rural students who are interested in hospitality vocations to develop a skill that is valuable to Mpumalanga’s hospitality industry.

Mpumalanga is one of our country’s top tourist destinations and the reality is that international visitors expect high standards at our five-star game lodges and restaurants. That creates a demand for people who know how to make a variety of coffee beverages at the standard that people are used to in Johannesburg, Paris and New York.”

GWF students, Njabulo Mashele and Teaman Manzini, both from Shabalala in Hazyview, have been selected to travel to Johannesburg where they will undergo rigorous training at the vida e caffè barista training facility in Wynberg. The two students will spend time gaining practical experience working at vida e caffè’s 24 Central store in Sandton, before returning to the training facility to train as barista coaches themselves.

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Byron Ross (Operations Manager – GWF Mpumalanga), Njabulo Mashele (barista student), Mercyful Mathebula (Hospitality Academy Coordinator) and Teaman Manzini (barisa student) on a tour at Sabie Valley Coffee.

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Njabulo tastes coffee beans at Sabie Valley Coffee.

“We are so excited about the prospect of living and breathing coffee,” says Mashele. “The fact that we are going to be the first young men from Hazyview to become international-standard baristas is incredible, and we are looking forward to bringing our skills back to Mpumalanga.”

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